Author: Amy Ignatow

Lydia lives with her mom and one weird sister, is a really good singer, has to wear glasses and wishes she had more style. Julie lives with Dad & Papa Dad, and Bad Cat, she is good at drawing and wishes she could fly. Lydia and Julie have one year before Junior High starts. They devise a plan to observe the girls that are already popular and record their observations in a book. By the end of the year they will use the same tactics to become popular so that more people will like them, they will stop getting teased, they will get invited to cool parties, other people will be jealous of them, and they will get better parts in the school play.

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Gregor the Overlander

Author: Suzanne Collins

Book 1 of the Underland Chronicles

In this fantasy, eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister, Boots, fall into an amazing underground world underneath New York City. This Underland is populated with humans and various giant-sized talking creatures. These creatures include bats called “fliers”, cockroaches called “crawlers”, spiders called “spinners”, and rats called “gnawers.” They have all lived in harmony but “The Prophecy of Gray” has changed that existence. The prophecy states that Gregor may be the “overlander” destined to save the humans from the warlike rats. Gregor is more interested in finding his way home, until he discovers that fulfilling the prophecy might also mean finding his father. Thus there are two quests unfolding in this story. One is that the Underlanders must fulfill the Prophecy of Gray and prevent being annihilated by the rats. The other is Gregor’s quest to find his father and bring him home.

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The Burning Bridge

Author: John Flanagan

Book 2 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series

This sequel is packed with exciting adventures. Will, his friend Horace, and the Ranger Gilan, travel to Celtica, a neighboring country to Arluen, to ask for their help in the battle against the rebel warlord Morgarath. When they arrive in Celtica they find all the people gone. They encounter a girl, Evanlyn, hiding from the Wargals. She describes how the Celts were either killed or enslaved by these creatures. Gilan rides to tell the king of the news and Will, Horace, and Evanlyn are left to find out what the Wargals want with the Celts.

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Author: Erica Silverman

It's springtime on the farm and there are plenty of babies to go around!  This gently amusing story of responsible Kate and her rambunctious horse, Cocoa, told in 5 short chapters, will delight beginning readers and their families.  I particularly like the watercolor illustrations that make me chuckle.

Ivy + Bean

Title: Ivy + Bean
Author: Annie Barrows

Two girls with great imaginations and who like to be naughty have fun together. More in the series!

  1. Ivy + Bean
  2. Ivy + Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go
  3. Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record
  4. Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter
  5. Ivy + Bean Bound to Be Bad

Join Beth Lokken from the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay as she talks about a series of books written by well-known author Louise Erdrich. Be sure to look for them at your library this summer! Listen now (6:10)

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Schoolhouse Mystery

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

In this book Henry,violet, Jessie and Benny go to Elizabeth island to visit.  Benny's friend said the island is boring.  So they go and check it out.  They find a mystery.  It is with the money man.  He has been steeling books from Elizabeth Gray's book's. So the Boxcar Children find the mystery.  Read to find out what happens.

Note added by InfoSoup This is Book 10 of the Boxcar Children series. If you would like to read the series in order, you can find the list at What's Next.


Author: Andy Runton

Love this! A graphic novel about Owly and his adventures in the woods. So cute! Very few words. You tell the story to yourself. If you like this there are more in the series! (for juniors)

Series information:

  1. The Way Home & the Bittersweet Summer
  2. Just a Little Blue
  3. Flying Lessons
  4. A Time To Be Brave
  5. Tiny Tales